Suddenly the Sioux Falls city council funding the State Theater is 4th on their priority list

The council had a working session a few weeks ago to talk about their ‘budget priorities’. As I mentioned then, two councilors didn’t even bother showing up (Kiley and Soehl) and Council Chair Erickson said she was ‘working with the mayor’s office’ and Selberg said ‘he was just listening’. During the discussion I didn’t hear anyone mention the State Theater (maybe Brekke). If you go to the informational meeting page today you will see a link to the council discussion. About 30 minutes ago I clicked on the link and a PDF showed up with the council rating budget priorities but from what I remember road repair ranked #1 and the State Theater ranked #4 on priorities.

DOC: 022719 Work Session Results.pdf

How in the heck did the State Theatre get on this ranking? I haven’t heard a peep out of the council about the State Theater.

As I mentioned before the flood occurred, there was a rumor going around that the Mayor was negotiating a sponsorship between a big donor and the city for the State Theatre.

Did someone on the council ‘slip’ this into the priority list? Weird stuff. It will be interesting to hear the discussion at 4 PM.


#1 Matthew Paulson on 04.02.19 at 3:54 pm

How is it weird? Councilors talk to each other. They talk to community members and community leaders. Not every discussion that informs and molds the council’s legislative process happens in the council chambers.

#2 l3wis on 04.02.19 at 4:18 pm

(please click on document of priorities) It’s NOT weird it is ON the list, but for 8 city councilors to rate the State Theatre as #4 is very strange, especially above many other important issues. It just seems to me that someone put a bug in their ears. If this same survey list was given to citizens I can almost guarantee the State would be dead last.

#3 Scott Linder on 04.02.19 at 6:15 pm

Wasn’t impressed with the Councilors bickering amongst themselves at the 4:00 PM meeting today. This was something that should have been discussed and decided off camera.

#4 Matthew Paulson on 04.02.19 at 9:10 pm

Turns out only 6 of them filled out the survey. Plus it was a ranked scoring thing, so if one councilor put it on the top of their list it would rank pretty highly overall.

#5 taxpayer on 04.02.19 at 9:14 pm

The State Theatre would not even be on the radar for most taxpayers.

Why do I sense t. denny is lurking somewhere in the background on this.

#6 l3wis on 04.02.19 at 9:17 pm

because he probably is?

#7 l3wis on 04.02.19 at 9:18 pm

MP – Exactly! The survey is a joke. I said during public input at the council informational that ALL of the councilors need to re-take the survey. Otherwise it is just a straw poll at the Bon Homme County Fair.

#8 "Very Stable Genius" on 04.03.19 at 12:53 am

‘FootLoose’ was the last movie I saw at the State Theater (1984), but something tells me that finally completion maybe closer than six degrees away…


#9 USD on 04.03.19 at 1:14 am

Who didn’t take the survey?

#10 l3wis on 04.03.19 at 9:08 am

Soehl and Starr. I kind of get Soehl’s argument against it though, he said there wasn’t dollar amounts next to items. I also take issue with how the rating system was set up. Ridiculous. I would have just asked each councilor to write down their TOP 10 and put an estimated dollar amount next to it or N/A.

#11 anominous on 04.03.19 at 9:53 am

the towns wealthiest elite just using that place as their private holodeck, you know. Please someone turn it into a mega-church.

#12 anonymous on 04.03.19 at 12:40 pm

Well, anominous, they already have the digital sign!

Never did understand what this has to do with Historic Preservation!!

#13 "Very Stable Genius" on 04.03.19 at 7:21 pm

Don’t get me going about that digital sign. That marquee is 90% of the external history, but what did they do? Well, they didn’t restore it, rather they modernized the 90%.


#14 Ljl on 04.04.19 at 11:36 am

Scott Linder,
Your comments are why most of the decisions are made before the public has input. public debate between councilors should be seen as healthy. If you don’t like to see the sasauge being made, I would encourage you to consider eating salad.